Ascent Equity Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

Ascent Equity Capital’s most common sectors for investment are business services (40%) and financial services (20%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (40%) and growth capital (20%). In total, Ascent Equity Capital has invested in 4 US states.

The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (67%). Ascent Equity Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2011 when it sold Encore Discovery Solutions for $100M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity8
    • M&A Buy Activity5
    • M&A Sell Activity3
  • Total Sectors Invested 4
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6
  • M&A Advisors 1

Ascent Equity Capital, Inc.

401 N. Wabash, Suite 68C,
Chicago, Illinois 60611
United States
(312)560-5225

Ascent Equity Capital is a private equity firm that looks to partner with proven management when acquiring a companies. Ascent is particularly attracted to businesses with high-margins, low customer attrition, and recurring revenue where new leadership can improve operational performance. The Firm looks to invest up to $1 million per transaction. Sectors of interest include business-to-business services, consumer services/products, financial services, and media/publishing. Ascent Equity Capital (formerly Pinnacle Equity Capital) is based in Chicago and was formed in 2002 by Chad Mollman.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Education, Financial Services, Food, Healthcare Services, Manufacturing, Media, Publishing, Safety/Security

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Growth Capital, Secondary Buyout, Venture

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 1 -
Enterprise Value - 1,000
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 5 - - - - - 5
Sell (0.0/yr) # 3 - - - - - 3
vol $100M $100M
  8

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Encore Discovery Solutions, Inc. 2011-04-04 100M USD Add-on Acquisition
The Woodlands, Texas · www.encorelegal.com
Central Security Group, Inc. 2010-11-01 - Secondary Buyout
Tulsa, Oklahoma · www.centralsecuritygroup.com
Phoebe's Bakery & Espresso Bar 2009-04-10 - Venture
Chicago, Illinois · www.chicagocupcakes.com
TrialGraphix, Inc. 2007-09-27 - Add-on Acquisition
Miramar, Florida · www.trialgraphix.com
Main Street National Bank 2005-06-03 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Kingwood, Texas · www.msnbank.com
TrialGraphix, Inc. 2004-12-01 - Recapitalization
Miramar, Florida · www.trialgraphix.com
Central Security Group, Inc. 2004-02-16 - Growth Capital
Tulsa, Oklahoma · www.centralsecuritygroup.com
Encore Discovery Solutions, Inc. 2003-12-02 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
The Woodlands, Texas · www.encorelegal.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Business Services - - 2 (40%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (20%) -
Food - - 1 (20%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (20%) -
Total - - 5 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States - - 5 (100%) -
  Texas - - 2 (40%) -
  Oklahoma - - 1 (20%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (20%) -
  Florida - - 1 (20%) -
Total - - 5 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) - - 2 (40%) -
Growth Capital - - 1 (20%) -
Recapitalization - - 1 (20%) -
Venture - - 1 (20%) -
Total - - 5 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (33%) 100M (100%)
Secondary Sale 1 (33%) -
Trade Sale 1 (33%) -
Total 3 $100M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Harris Williams & Co.
1

Deal Values

sell # Total
< $100M 1 $100M
TOTAL $100M
Largest Encore Discovery Solutions, Inc.
$100M (2011-04-04)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
33%
1 33%
Strategic(s)
67%
2 67%

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